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Beaver, Captain Philip.
AFRICAN MEMORANDA: Relative to an Attempt to Establish A British Settlement on the Island of Bulama, On the Western Coast of Africa, in the year 1792. With a Brief Notice of the Neighbouring Tribes, Soil Productions, &c. And Some Observations on The Facility of Colonizing that part of Africa, with a View to Cultivation: and the Introduction of Letters and Religion to its Inhabitants: But More Particularly as the Means of Gradually Abolishing African Slavery.
London: Printed for C. and R. Baldwin, 1805. 1st Ed. 4to. [viii] + xv + 500pp. Folding section, folding plan, folding map (repaired to verso). Signature DD2 silked, repair at gutter hinge to t.p., faint ink stamp to verso of t.p. and to one margin, light browning, rebound in modern calf backed marbled boards, gilt lettering to spine. Philip Beaver (1766–1813), naval officer. ODNB ‘. At the end of 1791 Beaver participated in a scheme for colonizing the island of Bulama, near Sierra Leone. He left England for Bulama on 14 April 1792, but the whole affair seems from the beginning to have been conducted without forethought or knowledge. The would-be settlers were, for the most part, idle and dissipated. Beaver found himself at sea in command of a vessel of 260 tons, with sixty-five men, twenty-four women, and thirty-one children, mostly seasick and all useless. When they landed, anything like discipline was unattainable. The party, assembled on shore, had no conception of law, hard work, or discipline. The directors lost heart and returned to England. The command devolved on Beaver, and for eighteen months he attempted to maintain the settlement, but most of the colonists died. The miserable survivors left in November 1793, and went to Sierra Leone, from where Beaver obtained a passage to England, and arrived at Plymouth on 17 May 1794. He published an account of his Bulama experiences [as the above] .’ US$951 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Francis Edwards ABA ILAB [Hay on Wye, United Kingdom]
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